It’s rare, in these interconnected days, to watch a something that is you find doubtful and not be able to checik out whether it is true or not. This documentary is about a video-maker (well he videoed but didn’t edit) who becomes the artist Mr Brain Wash (MBW) and produces a hit contemporary art show based on other people creating what he tells them. It all might actually be true… though the idea that a non-artist can manufacture a hit show is surely too ridiculous to be true; or is it? A cursory delve into the internet was inconclusive: it might be true, it might not.
Whatever, it is entertaining and I liked MBW’s art, much as I like Banksy’s, who’s probably the actual brain behind the film. Just as Banksy’s street art challenges the notions of institutionalised art, this documentary challenges the veracity of documentary. It’s certainly not the first to do so, I was reminded of Welles’ F for Fake (1972), but it makes its point (whatever it is) with elan.